New Jersey schools are being forced to update their sexual education to include graphic topics to students as young as 13-years-old. In the classroom, a 13-year-old may have to receive lessons on anal sex, pregnancy options (the ability to abort unwanted pregnancies), and STI’s including HIV prevention. While sexual education has been around in schools in general health classes for a long time, typically, elementary schoolers and middle schoolers are taught about the dangers of drugs, having decent diets, and the importance of exercise – while sex-ed was left to high schoolers, who are deemed mature enough and of an appropriate age to handle the content. Now, 13-year-olds may not only have to learn about sex, but will also have to learn about anal sex and other graphic material.

One school superintendent warned schools could lose federal funding if they fail to implement new sex ed standards

New state-wide sex ed standards in New Jersey teach students as young as 13 years old about anal sex and their pregnancy options, and school districts that fail to comply could face “disciplinary action,” or even a loss of funding.

By eighth grade, the students should also “develop a plan to eliminate or reduce risk of unintended pregnancy and STIs (including HIV).” One mother of students in the Berkeley Heights school district called the standards “harmful and offensive,” adding it was difficult to find on her school’s website exactly what her children would be learning. The mom, who asked to remain anonymous, has chosen to opt her children out of the parts of updated sex-ed curriculum she and her husband found alarming, but worried other parents in the state may be unaware of what is being taught. 

“The New Jersey Student Learning Standards (NJSLS) are mandatory for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to implement and failure to comply can result in disciplinary action,” a spokesperson for the New Jersey Department of Education told Fox News Digital. “Under [New Jersey Statutes Annotated] 18A:35-4.7, for children to be excused from any part of instruction in health, family life, or sex education, their parent or guardian must inform the school principal in writing that the instruction conflicts with their conscience or sincerely held moral or religious beliefs.”

The schools are under the thumb of the state, and the state-approved education guidelines are what is creating the issue of people who are barely teenagers learning about explicit and inappropriate material. The schools are risking funding and punishment if they choose to not implement the new education plans. Reporting on issues like this and spreading light on them are among the only ways to put an end to perverse and unnecessary education guidelines. While there are a large portion of parents who deem this education plan inappropriate, the parents and schools are largely powerless even if they didn’t want to implement these education plans.

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